Print Station reaches horizon with new finishing equipment

Tuesday, 03 September 2013
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Sydney-based Print Station has expanded its business with the latest Horizon finishing equipment. Producing the finishing touches on product brochures, catalogues, bills and letters at its new 400sqm factory is a new Horizon BQ-270V perfect binder and Horizon StitchLiner 5500 saddle stitcher.

Lewis Liang, owner, Print Station said, “The big advantage of having the Horizon equipment is we no longer have the need to send our work to another printer. We do the finishing in-house now. The easy to use functions such as the touchscreen means it doesn’t take long to set-up digital or offset jobs. We don’t have to worry about other printers delaying our work. There are no more headaches.”

Lewis Liang with new Horizon finishing line

The efficiency of the Horizon equipment has won more work for Print Station as turnaround times are now much quicker with 30,000 books produced in a day compared to 10,000 in two days on an older machine.

Liang said, “Horizon finishing equipment is a class above its competitors. I like to simplify things, so the Horizon perfect binder is the right solution for me as anyone can operate it. My business will truly grow from this investment. The StitchLiner will accompany it perfectly offering our customers a complete finishing solution.”

During PacPrint 2013 in Melbourne, Liang took advantage of the strong Australian dollar to snap up a good deal for the Horizon finishing equipment.

“We have experienced the best and worse times of the printing industry. The nineties was a great time to be a printer. The margin was higher in those days. We used to work most Saturdays and Sundays. For a few months we even worked twenty-four hours a day. To keep up with the times we saw the need to invest as a priority.” said Liang.

Since its establishment in 1998, Print Station has been working with Currie Group, so it was no surprise Liang went to them for new finishing equipment having previously operated a Horizon VAC100 booklet maker. Liang said, “The Currie Group’s service has been second to none. They are always keeping a good eye on us. Whenever we have a problem they are always ready to provide you with the needed support. We have an excellent relationship with them.”

Print Station’s 400sqm factory is also home to a recently installed 1996 six colour Komori used for bigger offset runs while a four colour Heidelberg Speedmaster takes on the smaller run offset jobs.

User friendly: Liang starting a job

Liang believes offset printing is shrinking as people require quicker turnaround times. With click charges getting lower, the need for digital printing will continue to grow. “The industry is changing every day. You must have new equipment to back up your price on jobs. Efficiency is really important. At one stage of your life it comes to either selling off your equipment and retiring or investing in new technology and keep on expanding the business. Once you upgrade machinery the customers will follow.

“We used to outsource our A2 work to other printers, now we can do everything in-house. The A2 Komori and A3 Speedmaster is a perfect fit for us. We are not sure what the future of offset holds, so we don’t want to over commit to the latest offset technology. Our current investment on finishing and digital equipment, Horizon has proved to be a big winner for us,” said Liang.

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